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How Long Do Dermal Fillers Last?

Is your face looking weary and worn out? There may be a hollowing out of your cheekbones or thinning out of your lips. A dermal filler can help restore your face’s volume. When injected beneath the eyes, it can reduce the appearance of puffiness around the eye area and dark circles.

In the realm of anti-aging treatment, dermal fillers have taken off, and it’s not hard to see why. According to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS), nearly 3 million injections were performed in the United States in 2016.

Dermal fillers have revolutionized the face of cosmetic skincare. However, the issue remains: how long do the benefits persist if they perform so well to diminish the appearance of wrinkles? In addition to that, here’s what else you should know.

What do dermal fillers do?

what do dermal fillers do

Dermal fillers, also known as face fillers, are one of the best options in reducing the appearance of wrinkles and restoring volume to the face.

Subcutaneous fat naturally diminishes as we age. Crow’s feet and smile lines grow more noticeable because facial muscles operate closer to the skin’s surface.

There is also a loss of volume in some areas of the face due to facial skin stretching. Sun exposure, genes, and lifestyle all affect the skin of the face.

Here are different types of dermal fillers

A polymer made of polymethylmethacrylate (PMMA)

PMMA is a synthesized, washable compound that has been utilized in surgical implants for most of the last century. Dermal filler PMMA is utilized in the form of a “microsphere,” or small ball, that stays under the skin to give long-term support. For added structure and stiffness, PMMA fillers include collagen.


Phosphoric Acid

One of the advantages of poly-L-lactic acid is that it is biodegradable and biocompatible (meaning it may be used in the body). Prior to its usage as a dermal filler, it was utilized in medical devices such as dissolvable sutures for many years.


Calcium hydroxylapatite

Our bones include a mineral called calcium hydroxylapatite, also found in nature. Mineral-like in composition, it is denser than hyaluronic acid fillers and the heaviest dermal filler available.


Hyaluronic acid (HA)

The body produces on its own, and it may be supplemented. The epidermis, joints, and eye sockets are the areas with the greatest concentrations. Increasing moisture, retaining collagen, and enhancing suppleness and flexibility are its primary functions. Using it helps keep the skin moisturized as well as boost its volume by attracting and binding water molecules.


Gel dermal fillers

To smooth wrinkles and unwanted lines, restore volume, or improve facial features, dermal fillers can be injected beneath the skin in the form of gel-like substances.

What should you expect with dermal fillers?

dermal fillers before and after

The amount of time it takes for a patient to recover varies from patient to patient and from filler to filler.

While most activities may be resumed immediately following the procedure, it is typically suggested that you refrain from rigorous exercise during the first 24-48 hours.

Before scheduling your injections, be sure to discuss your unique recovery plan with your doctor.

Following treatment with a dermal filler, you may start to notice the following changes in your appearance:

  • The appearance of “overfilling” in the treated regions
  • Mild to severe inflammation or bruising.
  • Numbness or redness that lasts for a short time
  • At the injection area, there may be noticeable lumps or hard patches.
  • Swelling, hives, and a runny nose are all symptoms of a hypersensitivity reaction.

Topical ice and massage may be used to treat most side effects, and the results can be seen within a couple of hours or a few days. Certain responses may necessitate the use of more potent drugs or injections.

Visual abnormalities can occur, although they are rare. When one side of your body begins to hurt or become weak, you must seek prompt attention from your surgeon.

Healing can take many weeks when your own fat is used as the filler.

How long do dermal filler results last?

Individual results will vary depending on the type of filler used, just as with any other skincare technique.

It’s possible to have dermal fillers that last anywhere from six months to five years. Hyaluronic acid, a naturally occurring molecule used in many dermal fillers, is one of the most often utilized ingredients.

Aside from looking more hydrated, it also provides your skin with structure.

Several additional variables besides the filler itself can affect dermal filler lifespan. Included here are:

  • Your face area that gets injected with the filler
  • In what amount is a patient injected?
  • How quickly your body breaks down the filler substance.

Where to see a doctor?

When choosing a doctor for injectable treatments, the most crucial aspect is to ensure the doctor is board-certified. Doctors who are board-certified in dermatology and plastic surgery can perform injection treatments and deal with any issues.

In order to get the results you want, it’s best to consult a dermatologist or plastic surgeon.

Deciding factors to consider

Dermal fillers can be injected into the face as an effective rejuvenation and beauty treatment. However, it might be dangerous to choose a practitioner to perform it to your face based only on pricing.

It’s always best to seek medical professionals who have been vetted and authorized to carry out this type of service. You’d be sure that they always stay up with the newest developments in their field through regular professional development. What you’re paying for is exactly what you get!

Finally, if you have a problem, you can always contact your practitioner quickly.

Team Dermatology, which comprises board-certified dermatologists, offers dermal filler treatments that produce natural-looking results. Contact them now for a free consultation.

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TEAM Dermatology advises you of the departure of Dr. Kuda Maloney from our Memorial and Sugar Land locations in November of  2023.  Dr. Maloney will be pursuing interests outside of private practice and we wish her the best in achievement of her future endeavors. Please contact our office to arrange for your care with another provider in our offices.